MAE Center Participates in Army Corp of Engineers Disaster Planning Workshop
The MAE Center was asked to participate in the Catastrophic Planning breakout sessions that were held both days of the workshop. On December 8, Amr Elnashai gave a presentation on the work that the Center has conducted for FEMAís New Madrid Catastrophic Planning Initiative. Dr. Elnashai presented a summary of the Phase I and Phase II research efforts. Advanced copies of the Phase II report, Impact of New Madrid Seismic Zone Earthquakes on the Central USA, MAE Center Report No. 09-03, were distributed to USACE, Coast Guard, and FEMA personnel attending the breakout session.
During the breakout, USACE representative and breakout session leader Richard Howley, acknowledged that USACE is using the Centerís Phase I report as a resource to assist in the development of their New Madrid earthquake response plans. Mr. Howley indicated that USACE will update their plans based on the results described in the Phase II report.